By Trina Trice
Is there such a thing as good terrorism?
For the longest time I've been unsure, and my discovery of a group called the Earth Liberation Front makes me even more unsure.
ELF recently claimed responsibility for burning down two luxury homes in the Northwest.
According to its mission statement, ELF "supports the right for all individuals to have proper access to adequate nourishment, health care, shelter and the basic necessities of life."
To ELF members, urban sprawl and corporate expansion are bad, bad things.
The same goes for capitalist trappings, such as SUVs, all of which are bad for the environment because of their gas-guzzling, fuel inefficiency.
ELF is also against deforestation that would benefit the building of roads or luxury living or recreation areas, corporations' use of slave labor, and the destruction of natural habits for wild, indigenous animals.
The group is anonymous, but works similarly in the manner of Al-Quaida, the terrorist group headed by Osama bin Laden.
ELF activists work in cells that have no connection to each other. They burn luxury homes, vandalize SUVs and are basically considered a nuisance by construction companies and developers.
Most would probably think ELF is just as evil as Al-Quaida, but I disagree.
There could be such a thing as good terrorism, whether we'd like to admit it or not.
When I hear of a member of the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals throwing red paint on someone wearing a fur coat, I say, "Bravo!"
When I hear about PETA members crashing a Victoria Secrets fashion show (if you can call a bra and a thong fashion) to run down the catwalk with signs that say a particular model "sucks" because she models in fur coat ads, I say "Right on!"
Good terrorism doesn't risk a human life.
I'm pro-choice when it comes to an abortion issue. So obviously I don't think it's a great idea for someone who opposes my beliefs to burn down or bomb an abortion clinic. But in most cases when you hear of an abortion clinic being bombed, people get hurt. Extreme pro-lifers always want to take out a doctor or some other clinic worker to make their point. Death is not the way to make a point.
See, if you want to get a point across, you have to kill thousands of people like Al-Quida did on Sept. 11, then you're engaging in bad, evil terrorism.
If you're damaging property, yet making sure no one is around to get hurt as ELF does, then you're definitely taking a risk, but honoring human life by not hurting anyone is noble.
I'm sure many aren't buying my argument, but that's ok. This is America. You can go talk to your friends and call me a commie (expletive deleted), whatever pops in your head.
I can, and will, just as easily go to my friends and call you a narrow-minded, capitalist pig.
No matter what we wind up calling each other, we all have to remember this:
When a dozen or more patriots decided to dump shiploads of British imported tea into a harbor, creating the "Boston Tea Party," they were acting in defiance to a government they felt was oppressive and unfair.
Their act was a terrorist act. And what did they get out of it?
The United States of America, that's what.
Trina Trice is the education reporter for the News Daily. Comments should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.